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Manheim higlights importance of rubbish disposal before vehicles hit auctions

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The worst offending commercial vehicles tend to be repossessions when they are snatched from the operator unannounced. The agreement holder has a legal right to recover personal effects prior to sale, which many do, but in so doing leave all their rubbish in situ. In the case of voluntary terminations operators have been known to load the back of their soon to be returned commercial vehicles with rubbish, thinking it cheaper and easier than hiring a skip. 

Professional vendors instruct Manheim to notify them of the presence of rubbish when a vehicle arrives at auction and can approve the cost of removal. However, some vendors chose to ignore this process and instruct Manheim to sell vehicles ‘as is’ – literally warts and all. 

James Davis, director of Commercial Vehicles, Manheim Remarketing said: 'The issue of rubbish removal is serious and one that Manheim is particularly keen to draw attention to in order to drive up standards in our industry. Against our advice there are still vendors who instruct us to sell unprepared vehicles full of rubbish. Ultimately someone has to pay to remove it. This should surely fall to the operator or individual who left it there in the first place.

'Traders benchmark a vendor’s stock against that of others. They are attracted to those vehicles that require the least work to sell on and expect vehicles to be prepared to an industry standard. Failure to take action could, in extreme cases, cost vendors and their reputations dearly. Consider the sale of a vehicle containing a discarded corporate branded uniform. If this were to fall into the wrong hands the outcome could be extremely serious.'

The five most common items of rubbish found by Manheim in commercial vehicles are:

Food waste – food packaging, drinks cans, plastic bottles, paper cups 

Corporate items – pens, headed paper, business cards, brochures, name badges

Building materials – bricks, plasterboard, cement, gravel, timber, sheet glass, nails

Safety equipment – hard hats, boots, goggles, high visibility clothing(many often branded)

Trade waste – scrap metal, plastic, smashed glass, blown bulbs

The five most unusual items Manheim has found in a commercial vehicle are:

A full size male mannequin, Live ammunition, a sword, three piece suite and a washing machine.


Manheim offers its vendors a bespoke rubbish removal and disposal service. From household to trade and even hazardous waste, this ensures all rubbish is assessed, removed and disposed of according to the current Health and Safety, waste transfer and handling regulations. Manheim only uses industry registered suppliers

Manheim has recently launched two new Best Practice Guides that cover this, and other key issues, in greater detail. The Commercial Vehicle Remarketing Best Practice Guide and the Commercial Vehicle Pre-Sale Best Practice Guide are both available free of charge via Manheim Remarketing’s Local Business Team (0844 856 4548 or [email protected]).  

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